Interiors
Apr 2, 2012

Interior: Modern Victorian rowhouse

By: Jennifer Hughes

Interior: Modern Victorian rowhouse Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Apr 2, 2012

Interior: Modern Victorian rowhouse

By: Jennifer Hughes
Designer, homeowner, mother and blogger Meredith Heron manages to do it all in a way that's just as subtle as it is vibrant. She reveals how she applied this juxtaposition to her Victorian rowhouse. interiors-meredithheron-family.jpg
The designer: Meredith Heron
Meredith with her adorable two-year-old son, Luke. The neutral skirt on the TV console (“which, by the way, is a godsend with a toddler; it hides everything from sight” -- and serves as a modern media storage idea) blends into the wall – a trick Meredith used to make the narrow rowhouse living room feel larger. interiors-meredithheron-livingro.jpg
Living room
To prevent the art of mixing colour and pattern in the narrow living room from fighting for attention, homeowner and designer Meredith Heron used soothing neutrals as a backdrop. The sofa, stools and armchairs were all eBay finds that Meredith had reupholstered. A chair makeover can make such a difference. interiors-meredithheron-diningro.jpg
Dining area
The dining area is open to the kitchen, so it strikes a careful balance between formal and family-friendly decorating. Grey faux ostrich leather on the chair seats can be easily wiped clean; the chair fronts and backs are upholstered in different patterns in the same grey palette. “I knew I wanted to go with grey, so I started the fabric choices off in the dining room before choosing similar-toned fabrics for the living room,” says Meredith. interiors-meredithheron-closet.jpg
Fashionable dressing room
A spare room was put to good use by turning it into a chic, girlie dressing room for Meredith. "My husband has referred to me as a girlie girl when it comes to dressing up," says Meredith. "I suppose I indulged this side of me in the dressing room. My clothes, accessories and bags were overtaking the rest of our home and this room wasn’t really getting much use, so I took it over in a single swoop. I think I may have “over-girlified” it to keep everyone out! My son calls it “Momma’s Room.” interiors-meredithheron-desk.jpg
Dressing room continued
Meredith indulged her feminine side in the dressing room, opting for a palette of pink, coral and gold pulled directly from the antique Aubusson rug. Black curtains prevent the room from becoming too precious. interiors-meredithheron-masterbe.jpg
Master bedroom
The dark walls in the master bedroom are offset by the room’s bright, south-facing window and light-coloured bedding and carpet. Decorating with zebra prints on the bench brings a graphic punch to the space. interiors-meredithheron-table.jpg
Wall decor
Adding framed artwork with large white mats to the decor balances the master bedroom’s dark walls.

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